Arts Education Grants Coordinator, State of N.H.
Birthplace: Warwick, R.I.
Family: I am loved and surrounded by an amazing fiancé, David Shore, two kids ages 8 and 10, and many extended family and close friends.
High school: Pittsfield High School
College/post grad degrees: MBA; MFA; CAGS, Cultural Studies; BA, Art History and Studio Art
Why did you choose your profession?
I grew up in a small New Hampshire town acutely aware that I wasn’t receiving the same opportunities as other kids who grew up in more affluent towns. This was especially true in the arts. I wanted to make the arts more accessible to a broader population, to people who may not know that going to a museum or a dance performance could be relevant or interesting. I didn’t know what this job looked like, or what it was called, but now I have it. Working for the State of New Hampshire and in public service allows me to increase equity and access to high quality experiences in the arts for all people in New Hampshire.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
There is no singular pathway to success and no singular destination. Make what you want to see. Be brave. Others want your bravery, so they too have permission to be brave. Question norms for increased good; if you don’t, who will? The outdoors, friends, and coffee are equally vital. Laugh. Dance. Wear fun clothes.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
Increased arts and cultural opportunities in every region. This takes intentional investment at the state and local level and it yields an exponential return both economically and socially. More diversity! Diversity of perspectives, food, culture, and also among elected officials in our schools, organizations, and government. Equity in public education funding. More comprehensive services offered for mental health and substance misuse disorders. Continued preservation of our natural resources. Good coffee and culinary experiences also have a direct correlation with success.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
More of the same! I am a runner, hiker, skier, explorer, and open-minded person who thrives off the creative and empathetic experiences I receive through the arts. I love collaborating and connecting the dots between disparate sectors and goals. I believe in listening, honoring the truth and power of individual experiences. I’d like to be in a leadership position that brings creativity, efficacy, and equity to our state.
Volunteer activities: N.H. Arts Learning Network, Concord Multicultural Festival, New Hampshire Listens, Granite State Racing Team, being a trail steward for Concord trails, and many other single days helping at fun events throughout the year.
Last major achievement: Getting licensed to be a foster parent and adopting two kids! To stay balanced, I also ran my first 50-mile race.